Rider Hosts Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf
LAWRENCEVILLE—The Rider University volleyball team hosted the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf for a two-hour clinic in Alumni Gym Tuesday afternoon.
“We want to stand out as one of the premier volleyball programs in New Jersey,” said head coach Christopher Feliciano. “It’s not just about winning matches, it is about winning hearts and we want our identity in the surrounding community to be a University that gives back as well as do what we are supposed to do on the court.”
The Rider Athletics community outreach program, under the direction of Karin Torchia, associate director of athletics and senior woman administrator, involves all 20 sports and includes activities such as working with the Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure as well as collecting food for the needy at Thanksgiving and during the holidays.
“I applaud our volleyball players and coaches for their outreach and continued involvement with the Katzenbach School,” said Torchia. “Opportunities such as the clinic they did today give our student-athletes a chance to positively impact the young kids in our local community by serving as great role models.”
“It puts into perspective for the players that everyone learns differently and this is an opportunity for the ‘little girl’ in each player to shine though and remember that they started to play volleyball for the love of the game," Feliciano added. "It is joyous to see the players interact and be engaged. I’m really impressed with the effort put forth today.”
For over 125 years, the Marie Katzenbach School for the Deaf, located on a 110-acre campus in Ewing, New Jersey, has offered both day and residential programs (ages 3-21) that make services accessible to Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students in New Jersey and surrounding states.